Sandy Reveals Rare Whale Skeleton

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 11:41am

Storm erosion unearths beaked whale bones on Florida beach.

When Hurricane Sandy blew by Florida last month it blew sand away that led to erosion.

That erosion exposed the remains of a beaked whale on Sunday.

An Orlando-area couple was looking for sand dollars when they noticed something far more interesting in the sand at the oceanfront dog park in New Smyrna Beach.

When they started digging, they found the remains of an 8- to 9-foot whale that may have been there for decades.

"It speaks to the amazing amount of post-Sandy erosion that's happened on this beach," said Ed Dettman, who walks the beach every day.

There is only one record of a beaked whale washed up on the beach, and this isn't it.
 

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